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Live holiday events, local music and more: Nov. 27

Editor’s note: Because of COVID-19 “freeze” restrictions that are scheduled through Dec. 2 in Oregon, please call businesses or check their websites to confirm listed events. All Jackson County library branches will offer enhanced front-door service during regular operating hours. In-branch browsing will be unavailable. Limited computer sessions will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, Nov. 27

GingerBread Jubliee: The annual event has shifted to a free online streaming tour, available on the Jubilee’s Facebook page, facebook.com/GingerBreadJubilee. The gingerbread pieces also will be visible through large widows at the Collier Creative Center, 50 N. Fir St., formerly a Scan Design showroom, in downtown Medford. The display will remain through Nov. 29, and the public can choose to peruse more than 40 examples of entirely edible architecture, auctioned to benefit Craterian Performances. See craterian.org for more information and links to online events.

Project FeederWatch: Volunteers can help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27, and every other Friday through March 19, at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Results will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch program. There will be no meeting on Friday, Dec. 25. Admission is free but space is limited and registration is required. To register see www.Ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Ashland Festival of Light: Downtown Ashland will be lit up for the holidays once again with a flip of the switch, but there will be no Ashland Festival of Light parade or Santa’s grand illumination ceremony in the Ashland Plaza this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ashland Chamber of Commerce has special holiday content planned for its website and also will record the official switch being flipped to turn on the lights. The chamber is creating Rudolph’s Scavenger Hunt for the 2020 Christmas season. Sneaky Rudolph will hide his deer brothers and sisters all over Ashland, and it’s up to kids and families to find them before Christmas Eve and win prizes. Game details will be available Friday, Nov. 27, at ashlandchamber.com. Another new event for 2020 is the ShopAshlandOregon.com website, where you can browse through dozens of Ashland specialty shops and do your online holiday shopping locally from the comfort of your home.

Saturday, Nov. 28

Lithia Artisans Market: More than 40 artisans display and sell handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through December along Calle Guanajuato, the pedestrian walkway behind the downtown plaza that runs next to Ashland Creek in Ashland. Safety measures will be in effect, masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. Call 541-301-9811 or see lithiaartisansmarket.com.

Jacksonville Victorian Christmas: Jacksonville continues to provide as much Christmas spirit as possible. The Victorian Christmas season will kick off with a virtual caroling and tree lighting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, available for viewing on Facebook @JacksonvilleOregon and Instagram @visitjacksonvilleoregon. A drive-thru toy drive will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. All unwrapped toys will be given to the Salvation Army to help those in need. Entrance to the event begins on E Street. On weekends between Dec. 5 and 20, visitors can take family pictures with Father Christmas (no charge, but they ask that all those 5 and older wear a face covering and observe social distancing guidelines), and enjoy strolling carolerss. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays from Nov. 28 to Dec. 19, starting at the new City Hall. You will find Father Christmas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 155 N. Third St., in the Dan McGeorge Gallery.

Sunday, Nov. 29

Take & Make: Kids and their families can stop by the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., to pick up a Take-and-Make “Pumpkin Craft” kit from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. Kits includes all the supplies needed. See jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

Take & Make: Kids and their families can stop by the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St., to pick up a Take-and-Make craft kit to make paper ornaments and a cork snowman, during normal library hours Wednesday, Dec. 2. Kits includes all the supplies needed. See www.jcls.com or call 541-535-7090.

Thursday, Dec. 3

Seth Brown: Guitarist and singer-songwriter Seth Brown will perform blend of original acoustic pop, blues, folk, rock, and gospel, along with a few covers mixed in at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Friday, Dec. 4

David Cahalan: Singer, songwriter and guitarist David Cahalan will perform at 5p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at DANCIN Vineyards, 4477 S. Stage Road, Medford. Admission is free. Call 541-245-1133 or see dancin.com.

Medford Winter Lights: Medford will hold a special two-day, drive-thru version of its annual Winter Lights Festival at Pear Blossom Park, which features the lighting of the city tree. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5, the streets will be open around the park so revelers can view the tree, hear music and view the holiday lights display. Winners of the annual coloring contest will be announced, and Santa will be there with goodie bags. Events occur on the streets surrounding Pear Blossom Park (enter from E. Sixth Street). To enter the coloring contest, go to playmedford.com and print the holiday coloring sheet. Email a picture of the finished sheet to parks@cityofmedford.org or drop it at Santo Community Center by Dec. 2. Winners will receive a bike and have their sheets displayed at the festival.

John Hollis: Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Hollis plays each week at 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Callahan’s Lodge, 7100 Old Highway 99 South, Ashland. For more information, call 541-482-1299 or see callahanslodge.com.

Dickens’ Christmas Feast: The Winchester Inn, 35 S. Second St., Ashland, will hold its 38th annual Dickens’ Christmas Feast Fridays through Tuesdays, Dec. 4-15, and Saturday through Thursday, Dec. 19-24. The feast consists of a local take on a traditional six-course Christmas feast. Carolers in Dickens’ Christmas costumes entertain as they stroll through the restaurant singing traditional carols. The restaurant will take your orders when you make your reservation. Cost is $85 per person, with tax and gratuities included. Dinner begins at 6:30 each evening. The restaurant recommends arriving by 6:15 p.m. For details, call 541-488-1113 or see winchesterinn.com/restaurant-events.

Eagle Point Christmas Celebration: Eagle Point will kick off the holiday season with a holiday celebration beginning at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Bob Moore Park, 140 W. Main St. Festivities include caroling, lighting of the city Christmas tree and a visit with Santa. Santa’s “helpers” will pass out candy. Because of COVID–19 precautions, photos with Santa and the annual stuffed animal giveaway will not be part of this year’s celebration. Masks must be worn at all times, and social distancing will be enforced. For a schedule of events and further information, see eaglepointchamber.org or call 541-324-2620.

Saturday, Dec. 5

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: A variety of interactive science exhibits are available at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and visits will be ticketed in two-hour shifts. Many exhibits will be modified to reduce touch surfaces — fewer hands-on activities —and increase physical distancing. Masks will be required for visitors ages 5 and up, and recommended for children ages 2 through 4. Staff and volunteers will be masked. Admission is $12.50, $10.50 for ages 2 through 12 and 65 and older, and free for kids under age 2.To purchase tickets or for more information, see scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

Wreath-making at Hanley Farm: Make your own holiday wreath from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Wreath-making kits will be available for $15 and include a base of grapevines or fruitwood, greens, cones, berries and wire; for that “extra touch,” bring your own ribbons, ornaments, and trimmings. Assemble your wreath at the farm, or purchase a kit and make it at home. Volunteers will be on-site to give wreath-making advice. Santa will be available for photos in the farm’s big red truck in front of the barn with a Christmas tree in the back, for $5. You can take a photo with your own camera, or a volunteer will take the photo for you. If you do not have a camera, volunteers will take a photos and text or email the picture to you. Masks are required, and all OHA guidelines will be enforced. Reservations are not required. For details, see sohs.org/node/254135 or call 541-773-6536 ext. 202.

Central Point Community Christmas Lights Show: Central Point’s annual Christmas parade is getting a makeover this year. Organizers are assembling a lineup of lit-up vehicles, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The city will stage decorated vehicles around City Hall so spectators can drive through and view. Children will be able to wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus and get a free Christmas bag (while supplies last). Want to join the show? Organizers are looking for community members with lots of Christmas cheer. See centralpointoregon.gov/Christmas for details and to learn how to register. It’s free to participate.

Not Too Shabby: Singer Lisa Yriarte, guitarist Pete Brown and drummer Mike Fitch will play a mix of pop, blues, R&B and contemporary hits at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Gold Hill Holiday Celebration: Santa will light up the trees at the Gold Hill Library park, 202 Dardanelles St., during the “Making Gold Hill Merry and Bright” holiday celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. After lighting the trees, Santa will lead a tour through town to view the city’s decorating contest entries. Santa will not meet with children in person this year due to COVID-19. Ballots will be available to vote for your favorite display from Dec. 5-18. Maps and ballots available on Dec. 5 at cityofgoldhill.com.

Sunday, Dec. 6

Daniel Nickels: Guitarist and singer Daniel Nickels will perform ’90s rock and indie rock at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Walkabout Brewing Co., 921 Mason Way, Medford. See walkaboutbrewing.com or call 541-734-4677.

David Pinsky and Phil Newton: The guitar and harmonica duo will play original ’60s-style Chicago blues duets at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at DANCIN Vineyards, 4477 S. Stage Road, Medford. Admission is free. Call 541-245-1133 or see dancin.com.

Tim Church: Guitarist Tim Church will play a mix of classical, jazz and Brazilian instrumentals at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Safeway Providence Festival of Trees: View Christmas trees from decorated window displays at the One West Main building, 1 W. Main St., in downtown Medford, with a sneak peek Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Regular viewing days are Dec. 2-6. There will be a virtual gala and auction from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, available from the comfort of your home. View decorated trees and browse live and silent auction items, including trees and packages. Registration is required. Register by calling the Providence Community Health Foundation office at 541-732-5193 or by signing up online at providencefoundations.org.